How To Live a Long, Happy & Healthy Life – Insights From Two Great TED Talks

Eat your vegetables, have a positive outlook, be kind to people, and smile
– Kamada Nakasato, 102-y/o-female fr. Okinawa

“Drink without getting drunk
Love without suffering jealousy
Eat without overindulging
Never argue
And once in a while, with great discretion, misbehave”
― Dan BuettnerThrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way

Here are some insights from two of my favourite TED talks.

1. What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger

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Great Book: A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine – A 15 min Summary

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy Book Cover A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
William B. Irvine
Philosophy, Stoic philosophy
Oxford University Press
November 4, 2008
Kindle
Part Two: Stoic Psychological Techniques
Negative Visualization: What's the Worst That Can Happen?
Anyone interested in philosophy and/or living a good life
Meditations (Marcus Aurelius), The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph (Ryan Holiday), Ego Is the Enemy (Ryan Holiday)

“Irvine excels at giving a “walking tour” of the many schools of Stoic philosophy, from Greek to Roman traditions, identifying individual Stoic thinkers (many more than Seneca) and their principles and techniques, which Irvine argues are even more relevant in modern times than their own.”
–Philosophical Practice

“Well-written and so compelling, this is a rare example of a book that actually will make a difference in the lives of its readers. Whether it’s coping with grief or arriving at lasting happiness, Irvine shows, with care and verve, ancient Stoic wisdom to be ever relevant and very, very helpful.”
–Gary Klein, author of Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions

“Bill Irvine has given us a great gift: the most accessible and inviting description of modern Stoicism available. Read this book and be prepared to change your life!”
–Sharon Lebell, author of Epictetus’s The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

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Strategies on How to Read and Learn From Books

“People who say they don’t have time to read simply don’t want to.”
― Julie RuggA Book Addict’s Treasury

  1. Introduction
  2. Before Reading
  3. While Reading
  4. After Reading
  5. Inspiration

1. Introduction

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
—Frederick Douglass

This post is about reading and learning from non-fiction books. Although I take notes and save good quotes from fiction books as well, the review phase is not as rigid.

I am slow reader. I try to digest every sentence, but I also skip passages that are boring or well known (read/learned before). I try be a mindful & active reader.

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My Morning Routine

Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.
― Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues

Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.
― Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

I love waking up early.

It hasn’t always been like this, only the last 6 years. I Started waking early back in 2011, before that almost every morning was chaotic & stressful. I dreaded mornings.

On average I now rise @ 0430 each weekday morning, 0700 weekend mornings. Been logging my wake up time since mid 2011, as part of my journaling habit.

…I’ve found, is putting a little emphasis on making the first hour of your day the most powerful hour. Treating that first hour as sacred, not to be wasted on trivial things, but to be filled with only the most essential, most life-changing actions.
-Leo Babauta (zenhabits.net)

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Great Book: “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod – A 23-min Summary

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) Book Cover The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
Hal Elrod
Self-Help, Motivational, Entrepreneurship
Hal Elrod
December 7, 2012
Kindle
180
Chapters 6: The Life S.A.V.E.R.S.
The very American/Tony Robbins'ish language..
Everyone.. even those who believe their not a "morning person"

The title almost put me off. Then the very American/Tony Robbins'ish language gave me a hard time.
But enabling the right "language filter" when reading, the book is really great.
I've been an early riser for about six years, 2 hours alone before the rest of my family starts moving is priceless. Nice to find that of Elrod's 6 "Life S.A.V.E.R.S." (6 habits to apply each "Miracle morning"), I've been practicing 4 of them for many years; Silence (for me meditation), Exercise, Reading & Scribe (Journaling). The other two - Affirmations & Visualization - have been on my mind for some time, he might just have pushed me to test them out.
The book contains many great quotes (I love great quotes), lots of inspiration and a nice personal touch (here's my story...).
I highly recommend joining "The 5am club", and this book will guide you in the right direction. And remember with the right motivation (this book will motivate you) everyone can rise earlier and have a wonderful start to each day. Good luck.

Table Of Content

  1. Book review
  2. Quotes about the book
  3. Facts about the author
  4. Summary
  5. (many) Quotes from the book
  6. Video


“Every once in a while, you read a book that changes the way you look at life. But it is so rare to find a book that changes the way you live your life. The Miracle Morning does both, and faster than you ever thought possible. I highly recommend Hal Elrod’s latest book.”
-TIM SANDERS, NY Times bestselling author of The Likability Factor

“The Miracle Morning(tm) is literally the ONE thing that will make immediate and profound changes in any-or every area of your life. If you really want your life to improve, read this book immediately.”
-RUDY RUETTIGER, the Notre Dame football player who inspired the hit Hollywood movie RUDY

“At first I thought Hal had lost his mind-why on earth would anyone get up so early on a regular basis?!?! I was skeptical… until I tried it. When I implemented Hal’s strategies I noticed an immediate difference in my personal and professional life. The Miracle Morning(tm) will show you how to take control of your life, regardless of your past. I highly recommend it.”
-JOSH SHIPP, TV show host, author, and Teen Behavior Expert

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